Even the entry-level Chrysler 300C that we were driving was very well equipped with 8-way electric seats, cruise control, dual zone climate control, auto dipping internal rear view mirror, rain sensitive wipers and Xenon headlights.
Even the entry-level Chrysler 300C that we were driving was very well equipped with 8-way electric seats, cruise control, dual zone climate control, auto dipping internal rear view mirror, rain sensitive wipers and Xenon headlights. Most of the controls are simple to use and logically laid out - the 300C uses the one stalk approach to indicators and wipers that Mercedes have used for some time. The cruise control lever is very near to the stalk and sometimes it was a little confusing. The dual zone climate control switchgear offers little feedback and it is difficult to see if you have set the climate to auto.
The 300C features auto on Xenon headlights but only on the dipped beam, they seem extremely bright even when compared to other Xenon headlights. Not only will the lights come on in failing light but they can be set to come on when the rain sensitive wipers activate. You do have to be careful with the headlight switch as it is far too easy to switch on the front fog lights as well. At night the dials and interior have a restful green glow, the luminosity can be adjusted.
Our test car was fitted with the £2,600 Luxury Pack which added the MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System and Satellite Navigation plus an electric sunroof, Californian walnut interior trim, 380 Watts premium Boston acoustic sound system. The electric sunroof offers one shot back opening and closing.
Our test car was fitted the Harman/Kardon MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System and Satellite Navigation, it can be operated either by touching the 6.5” TFT colour screen or by voice commands. It centres on a 20-gigabyte hard disc drive coupled to the audio and Satellite Navigation system with a hands-free telephone connectivity. You can upload music tracks from either CD to the hard disc drive or plug in a USB memory stick to upload your music collection en mass. Or if you prefer you can plug your mp3 player into the 3.5mm auxiliary socket on the front of the screen The Gracenote database is installed on the hard drive to provide song identification, including composer, artist and title. When stationary you even watch back DVD's via the TFT screen and you can also upload photographs should you wish.
Our car was also fitted with the 380 Watts premium Boston acoustic sound system which provided relatively faithful audio reproduction.
Chrysler 300C Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler 300C 3.0 V6 CRD|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||143 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||42.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 05/10/08)||£27,505|